First Baptist Church of Sterling and the Christian Music and Ministry Network are sponsoring a 24-hour donation drive and concert for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Christ in Action, a nonprofit organization based in Manassas, will be at the church, at 21449 Potomac View Rd., to collect money, clothing, food, Gatorade and water. There will be Christian entertainment, including choirs, speakers, praise dancers, step teams, comedy and food. 703-432-3322, 571-259-5424 or

Harmony United Methodist Church's missions committee will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Donations will be accepted at the door. 380 E. Colonial Hwy., Hamilton. 540-338-2937.

Bethel United Methodist Church will hold a ham and turkey dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The menu will also include dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, deviled eggs and desserts. Donations accepted. 41799 Stumptown Rd., Lucketts. 703-779-7745. A dinner also will be held Oct. 15.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church will hold a fundraiser dinner and bake sale from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds will go to Samaritan's Purse international relief fund (, which provides volunteer crews to rebuild or repair homes and distributes water, food and bedding. Local bluegrass musicians will perform. 37018 Glendale St., Purcellville. RSVP to 540-338-7307 or

Sterling United Methodist Church women will hold their annual community dinner from noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The menu includes turkey breast or ham with traditional trimmings, salad, dessert and beverages. Proceeds will benefit church missions including Loudoun Habitat for Humanity. Suggested donations: adults, $8; ages 5-12, $5; senior citizens (60 and older), $6. 304 E. Church Rd. 703-430-6455 or

Crossroads United Methodist Church will hold an eight-week "Basics of Christianity" class starting at 11 a.m. Sunday. Topics include why there are hundreds of views about Christianity, core beliefs shared by Christians, why spirituality is important, what God and the Bible offer, and the features and benefits of living a practical and yet passionate Christianity. The classes will be held at Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Rd., Ashburn. Child care provided. 703-729-5100, Ext. 15, or e-mail

Congregation Sha'are Shalom, Loudoun County's only Conservative congregation, will hold two open houses for those interested in learning about membership, programming or religious schools or touring the synagogue before the Jewish High Holidays, which begin Oct. 3. Open houses are 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Refreshments will be provided. 19357 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg. 703-737-6500 or

The Rev. Matthew McNaught explores the meaning of friendship in his sermon Sunday at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling.

UUS services are at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 22135 Davis Dr., Suite 104. 703-406-3068 or

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun will celebrate the gift of gratitude with stories, songs and a short homily Sept. 25. The service will be led by Dee Kysor and George Crafts, the song-story duo known as "Woven Yarns." UUCL services are held at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m., 20460 Gleedsville Rd., Leesburg. 703-737-7644 or

Galilee United Methodist Church is beginning a small-group series, "Everyday Spirituality," to explore what it means to try to live each day as a follower of Christ. The groups will start the week of Sept. 25 with a six-week study based on "God Is Closer Than You Think," by John Ortberg. 45425 Winding Rd., Sterling. 703-430-2203.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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